Sarala サララ

Pinus roxburghii (Long-leaved pine)


A tall, coniferous tree with whorled branches and dark grey or reddish deeply fissured, rough, exloliating bark; leaves in bundles of three, 20-30cm long, triquetrous, green, each bundle surrounded at base by a persistent sheath; male cones about 13 mm long, ripe female cones 10-20 cm long on short stiff stalks; seeds winged, wings membranous. The sapwood is white to cremy white and heartwood light red, turning reddish brown on exposure. Annual rings and dark streaks denoting longitudinal resin canals are very conspicuous. The fresh wood has a resinous odour. Flowering-fruiting March to November. (Ashok Sheth (Ed.). 2005 The herbs of ayurveda vol.3 Gujarat : Ashok Sheth. p888)

तं चेद्वायौ सरति सरलस्कन्धसंघट्टजन्मा

बाधेतोल्काक्षपितचमरीवालभारो दवाग्निः ।

अर्हस्येनं शमयितुमलं वारिधारासहस्रैर्

आपन्नार्तिप्रशमनफलाः संपदो ह्युत्तमानाम् ॥ ५३ ॥

When the wind blows on the mountain,
Camarī bird’s tail-feathers may catch fire from the bushfire
Caused by the thick branches of Sarala rubbing each other;
Then you must control it with a thousand of water-floods.
The great ones’ wealth is to fruit in the helping of those afflicted by pain.(53)

その山に、もしも風が吹きすさび サララの幹が擦れ生じた山の火が
チャマリー鳥の尾羽を燃やして 苦しめるなら

In the cloud’s journey. The water that the cloud possesses is taken as a ‘wealth’.


(c) Tomomi Sato 2013

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